Waka win over Atwn ‘an experience’ to savour
Wakatipu’s historic White Horse Cup win over Arrowtown was something ‘‘not a lot of us have experienced’’, coach Justin Pewhairangi says.
Less than half-a-dozen players were in Saturday’s team that won the cup in 2014, Pewhairangi said, coincidently over the same oppo- sition.
The players were ’’pretty rapt’’ with the 29-19 win.
‘‘It’s a big thing to go over and win the White Horse at their home,’’ Pewhairangi said. ’’It was huge.
‘‘A lot of the old boys came down to celebrate.’’
Mid-fielder Kapa Moeke scored two tries for Wakatipu.
It doesn’t get any easier for Pewhairangi’s side, with a first up defence of the cup against Maniototo at the Queenstown Recreation Ground this Saturday.
Arrowtown coach Simon Spark said he was ‘‘proud as hell’’ of the way his team fronted.
Spark said his players were ‘‘pretty down-cast’’ after the game but Wakatipu’s win and the large crowd for the one-off game at Jack Reid Park, was ‘‘good for rugby’’ and ‘‘good for the area’’.
He hoped his team could get back on track this weekend with a win over Matakanui Combined.
Other matches this weekend see Alexandra play Upper Clutha at Molyneux Park and Cromwell take on Clyde-Earnscleugh in Clyde.